Speak Up And Celebrate 'Eliza Doolittle Day' Unless you're a musical fan, you probably don't know that May 20 is "Eliza Doolittle Day," named after the Cockney flower girl learning to speak proper English in My Fair Lady. Given the fanfare over our broken vernacular these days, commentator Marc Acito believes it's time we start celebrating the little-known holiday.
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Speak Up And Celebrate 'Eliza Doolittle Day'

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Speak Up And Celebrate 'Eliza Doolittle Day'

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

Today, May 20, is Eliza Doolittle Day. It's taken from the character played by Julie Andrews on Broadway and Audrey Hepburn in the movie version of "My Fair Lady." This is the kind of unofficial holiday that only musical fans would know about, but commentator Marc Acito thinks there are good reasons for us all to observe it.

MARC ACITO: (Singing) One evening the king will say, oh, Liza, old thing. I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day.

ACITO: I myself have heard college graduates say things like, me and him hung out, because apparently, he and I sounds pretentious. Well, me thinks you just sound stupid.

NORRIS: Use proper English, you're regarded as a freak. But our country's biggest competitors are learning proper English and, judging from all the Indian call centers, learning it quite well. Our country was built by people striving to move up, not dumb down. So, on this Eliza Doolittle Day, perhaps we should all take a moment to think before we speak.

NORRIS: Marc Acito is the author of the novels "How I Paid For College" and "Attack of the Theater People." He'll celebrate Eliza Doolittle Day tonight at a party in New York with Marni Nixon.

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